Shida Kartli

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Shida Kartli
შიდა ქართლი
Mkhare (region)
The overlapping borders of the de jure Shida Kartli region and the de facto Republic of South Ossetia.
The overlapping borders of the de jure Shida Kartli region and the de facto Republic of South Ossetia.
Country  Georgia
Seat Gori
Subdivisions 2 city, 5 municipalities
Government
 • Governor Zurab Rusishvili
Area
 • Total 5,729 km2 (2,212 sq mi)
Population (2014 census)
 • Total 264,633
 • Density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code GE-SK

Shida Kartli (Georgian: შიდა ქართლი, [ʃidɑ kʰɑrtʰli]) is a region (Mkhare) in Georgia. It consists of the following districts: Gori, Kaspi, Kareli, Java, Khashuri; and one self-governing city, Gori.

The northern part of the region, namely Java, and northern territories of Kareli and Gori, (total area of 1,393 km²) has been controlled by the authorities of the self-proclaimed Republic of South Ossetia since 1992.

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Coordinates: 42°11′N 44°00′E / 42.183°N 44.000°E / 42.183; 44.000